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AV Mazzega Contemporary Lighting at Euroluce 2013 –
Andrea Mazzega talks about the history of the company.


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AV Mazzega Crystal Teardrops Chandelier


Materials: Metal brass/gold coloured frame. Brown/amber/orange and clear crystal hand blown Murano glass leaves inserted with real gold flakes of gold foil decorated with an amber coloured droplet. Gold coloured Bakelite sockets.

Chain Length: 80 cm / 31.49”

Height: 50 cm / 19.68”

Width: ∅ 43 cm / 16.92”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s.

Designer: Carlo Nason (born 1935) – attributed.

Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano, Italy.

Other versions: Bigger and smaller versions and different colours with some variations. All these lamps were hand blown and therefore all unique with a little difference.

AV Mazzega

AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps.

Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000. The company is renamed in Mazzega 1946; the year AV Mazzega was founded. 

Carlo Nason

The most famous designer that worked for the company is Carlo Nason. During the 1970s and 1980s he designed the complete collection for the company, so in all probability also this beautiful pendant light.

Born in Murano in 1935 Carlo Nason grew up in one of the oldest families of Murano glass makers where experts introduced him to the most refined techniques. He quickly started to collaborate with other glass workshops, with special attention for modern design and achieving a combination of technique and craftsmanship which characterizes all his projects.

Carlo has always shown an attitude for innovation without loosing his tradition.

Designers that worked for AV Mazzega – Mazzega 1946 are among others Christophe Pillet, Michele De Lucchi, Giovanni Barbato, Paolo Piva, Sam Baron, Gasmi Chafik, Oriano Favaretto and Riccardo Giovanetti.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Mazzega 1946

Facebook Mazzega 1946

AV Mazzega – – website offline since 2018

The Facebook page of AV Mazzega is gone since November 2017

History of Murano on Wikipedia

Murano Glass Museum

Glas blowing on Wikipedia

Venice history on Wikipedia

Official Site of the City of Venice

AV Mazzega lamps on Vintageinfo

Carlo Nason lamps on Vintageinfo

Many thanks to Frank from for the pictures and the enthusiasm.